If you’ve been trying to lose fat and contour your body through diet and exercise without success, CoolSculpting may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. This treatment is not only one of the most popular body contouring procedures in our San Diego practice, but it’s also one of the most popular in the country. Why? Because it has been proven to work without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime!
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What is CoolSculpting?
You probably wouldn’t guess that popsicles led to the development of CoolSculpting, but that is indeed what started the nonsurgical body contouring trend. Doctors were familiar with a phenomenon called “popsicle panniculitis,” in which the cheeks of children would lose fat when they were sucking on a popsicle. After a little experimentation, doctors discovered that fat was much more sensitive to cold than other body tissues, leading to the creation of “cryolipolysis,” the technology behind CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ is a non-surgical body sculpting treatment that uses cryolipolysis (precisely controlled cooling) to reduce fat and sculpt various areas of the body. During a CoolSculpting procedure, fat cells in the targeted area are frozen and destroyed without harming adjacent tissue or injuring the skin. Your body’s natural mechanisms then gradually and safely flush out the destroyed cells, leaving behind firmer skin and a more contoured shape.
Why Choose CLDerm for Your CoolSculpting Treatment?
You’ve probably seen CoolSculpting advertised elsewhere, but there’s a big difference between having CoolSculpting performed at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego and scheduling your procedure at other offices. Not only do our experts have extensive experience using this device, but our Physician Assistant, Leysin is 1 of 2 Master Coolsculpting Specialists in San Diego.
Additionally, we perform DualSculpting, a treatment that uses two machines to treat two areas at once, which allows us to complete your treatment twice as fast. We also have all of the latest applicators and technology available, and we combine every procedure with acoustic wave therapy to ensure our patients get the best possible results.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our body contouring experts offer over 100 years of combined dermatology experience with more than 100,000 patients treated. We have the experience and expertise in the latest CoolSculpting technology to help you reach your aesthetic goals and achieve the optimal results that will get noticed.
CoolSculpting Treatment Areas
CoolSculpting’s “freeze the fat” technique is effective for men and women for many areas of the body where you want to melt fat. As the saying goes, “if you can squeeze it, we can freeze it!” Common treatment areas include:
- Love handles
- Underneath the chin
- Under the arms
- Back and waist
- Above the knee
- Outer and inner thighs
- Male breasts (gynecomastia)
Benefits of CoolSculpting
One major benefit of CoolSculpting is that your results will develop gradually and look completely natural. No one has to know you had a body contouring procedure unless you choose to tell them! Also, Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions members will receive points from this procedure.
Other benefits of this body sculpting procedure include:
- Minimal to no downtime
- Quick procedure (depending on the number of areas to be treated, you can schedule treatment over your lunch hour)
- Safe and nearly painless
- Noticeable results in as few as 3 weeks
- Optimal results within 2-4 months
Furthermore, you can choose to have CoolSculpting combined with other procedures for a full-body rejuvenation:
- Facial treatments (Botox, fillers, etc.)
- Laser therapy
- Skin tightening treatments on the face and body
CoolSculpting allows you to experience effective fat reduction without surgery, anesthesia, or downtime. And because our body sculpting specialists perform the treatment themselves, you know you’re getting the best treatment and results possible.
Other CoolSculpting Options
Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is one of the only practices in San Diego to offer DualSculpting! With DualSculpting, you can benefit from two CoolSculpting devices treating two areas at the same time.
DualSculpting allows fat to be frozen in half the time, making this innovative treatment even more convenient. It’s ideal for busy patients who want more than one area of stubborn fat to be treated, yet who can’t afford the time necessary for multiple sessions.
The CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage applicator makes body sculpting treatments faster and easier than ever before. ZELTIQ’s CoolAdvantage applicator allows the team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to provide body sculpting in about half an hour, half the time of a traditional CoolSculpting session.
The CoolAdvantage secret? It uses an even lower temperature than traditional CoolSculpting, resulting in faster, yet still effective, body sculpting treatments. In addition, the enhanced cup design can provide increased comfort during the procedure.
CoolAdvantage’s enhanced cup design is equipped with three interchangeable contours. These contours optimize your body sculpting by focusing on unique areas of body fat:
- CoolFit Advantage uniquely fits fat on the inner thigh
- CoolCore Advantage aligns with the contours of the abdomen
- CoolCurve+ Advantage fits the flanks
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, non-invasive fat reduction treatment has never been easier.
Another body contouring innovation is Zimmer Z-Wave, a device that uses radial pulsed therapy in place of a manual massage following your CoolSculpting procedure. The benefits of using Z-Wave in place of a manual massage include:
- Less bruising
- Less discomfort
- Enhanced results by up to 50%
While Z-Wave is not necessary following a CoolSculpting session, it can help you get the aesthetic results you’ve been looking for at no additional cost.
Contact our San Diego medical spa today to learn more about this exciting procedure.
Our doctors are currently accepting new patients and will be happy to meet with you to discuss whether CoolSculpting is the right body contouring treatment for you.
What to Expect
Our knowledgeable, compassionate physicians and Physician Assistant listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals from the moment you meet them. Once you and your doctor agree on the area or areas to be treated, the CoolSculpting procedure is straightforward and easy.
For example, if your goal is to reduce love handles, our body sculpting specialists will position the system on your side, and then draw the fat up between two cooling panels. You may feel a firm tug and pull, which indicates the tissue is drawn into the machine to ensure it is frozen most efficiently and you’ll soon see the results you desire.
During the first few minutes, you’ll feel a sensation of intense cold. This is the fat being frozen, which soon dissipates. However, since you’ll be seated or lying down, you’ll be comfortable. You can choose to read, listen to music, work on your laptop or tablet, or even take a nap!
The following symptoms are common after your CoolSculpting procedure and may persist for 1-2 weeks. They are temporary, typically mild, and might include:
- Firmness or stiffness
- Redness and itching
- Bruising and swelling
- Tingling or stinging sensations
- Whitening of the skin
- Cramping or muscle spasms
In the months following your body contouring procedure, your body will naturally flush out the dead fat cells. You will see the treatment area become more contoured as the cells are eliminated. Clinical studies have shown a reduction of up to 25%, giving you a slimmer appearance over time. Some patients opt for a second CoolSculpting treatment to achieve even more dramatic results.
An important reminder: CoolSculpting should not be your main method of fat loss. It is intended to be a supplement to your normal routine. If you are significantly overweight, CoolSculpting may not deliver the results you want.
During your procedure:
- You will either sit or lie down during your procedure.
- Vacuum pressure draws tissue into the applicator cup causing sensations of intense
pulling, tugging and/or pinching.
- These sensations will be followed by a sensation of intense cold.
- As the cold is applied, the area becomes numb (typically within 5-10 minutes) causing sensations of tingling, stinging, aching and/or cramping.
- These sensations typically subside within a few minutes after starting the procedure.
- You will be able to use your phone, laptop, tablet etc. during the procedure and there a TV is also available.
After your procedure:
The following symptoms are common and may persist up to several weeks after
your procedure. Symptom intensity varies from patient to patient but side effects are expected to subside over time with no lasting complications. Side effects include:
- Temporary firmness or stiffness
- Redness, bruising, swelling, and numbness
- Temporary blanching (whitening of the skin)
- Tenderness, cramping or muscle spasms, and aching
- Itching, skin sensitivity, tingling, stinging, and numbness
- Moderate to severe discomfort
All of these symptoms are temporary and are expected to subside naturally over
time. However, if your symptoms worsen over time, please contact our office at
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At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we offer a range of non-surgical fat reduction treatments and body contouring devices to suit your unique needs, including tumescent liposculpture, ThermiRF/ThermiTight(™), and more.
To learn more about your body shaping options, schedule a consultation with our San Diego doctors to determine which treatment is best for you!
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